Something a bit different this week – instead of talking about tech I’m going to give you some big (and I think good!) news about the future of The Helpful Book Company.
I set The Helpful Book Company up over 14 years ago now – and as of the 1st November I’m going to be stepping back from running the company.
In fact the company will change to being “Employee Owned” – a bit like John Lewis/Waitrose, so it’ll actually be owned by everyone who works here.
Laura will be running it – she joined 13 years ago and has largely been running it day to day for a good while now, so that won’t actually be that big a change.
You might wonder what’ll happen to these weekly emails – well, although I’m stepping back, my wife, Julie, who also works here will still be part of the company and she’ll be taking over writing the emails. She’s helped write quite a few of our books and wrote the popular “Life and health” email series we did a few years back, so she’s the perfect person to take on writing helpful, interesting emails for you – just like I’ve tried to do!
I think it’s exciting news – especially for everyone who works here. I wanted to step back but really didn’t want to sell the company to some big corporation or anything, so when I learnt about the possibility of making it employee owned, I thought that was the perfect way for me to bow out. That way the very people who’ve helped me create and build the business get to own it in the future.
Will I disappear off the face of the earth? No! After all, Julie will still be here and writing these emails, so no doubt we’ll end up chatting about it at times. And I’ve agreed with Laura that there are a few bits and pieces I’ll help with from time to time. Not to mention one thing I’ve got up my sleeve for November…
I’m really proud to see The Helpful Book Company becoming owned by the people who work here and carrying on producing great books (I hope you agree that they’re great books!) And you’ll still get the same helpful service if you ring up and the same useful emails each week.
If you do want to know a little bit more about what it means, I’ve put together a list of questions and answers here – by all means have a look.
And next week this email will be back to being a helpful one about using technology – the next couple will be “co-written” by Julie and me before Julie fully takes over the emails in November.